McTavish Carver Review

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What McTavish says about the Carver:

‘The Carver concept is simple: It’s a shortboard built into a wave-catching body. A powerful engine zone between the riders feet (flat rocker, double concave) with front fins and a template hip right under the back foot, mean speed and acceleration are grouped where you can best manage it. From the front fins back the power generation cuts back, leaving a sweet rockered tail that allows vertical drops and easy entry. The forward lines are classic for running speed and feed onto the engine. Added bevels in the forward bottom shape make re-entries safe and easy with no outside rail catch. The nose concave removes foam and wood, lightening the front end for fast pivot reaction. The Carver has been a super-reliable mid-length that always handles juicy waves all around the World, from Indo to France, from San Diego to Tahiti. There are literally thousands of happy Carver riders around the globe, so we happily continue to produce it as demanded.’

Image Source: McTavish Surfboards

What people are saying about it:

“Great all round board. Had one for four years now. Fast and turns well in good sized point surf and handles little stuff very well. My son who’s 14 has used it as a mal for the last four years as well. If it duck dived better it would be perfect.” – user BP on Surf Science

“I’ve surfed the 8.1 carver in all conditions. Holds perfect in macking hollow point breaks and is the ultimate monster mush wave catcher on the planet. For those with a high-speed carving style this is just about the ultimate mini mal out there.” – user Glenn on Surf Science

“In short: the board lives up to the “shortboard performance in a wave-catching body” concept.

It’s very lightweight for its size and paddles like a dream. (I had no trouble out-paddling all the tourists no matter how big a board they were riding.) With me at 80kg the 8’0″ was a little too buoyant to duck dive so I got plenty of turtle roll practice.

The McTavish will let you sit out the back with the longboarders and pick off the set waves, but the moment you stand up it feels much more like a shortboard.

Ride it off the back foot and it’ll turn on a dime, then shuffle forward and feel the acceleration as you move to the sweet spot around the front/middle of the board. And it’s got a really nice nose/tail rocker balance that allows easy entry into steeper/hollower waves, without sacrificing paddle power.” – gensurf.com

Size Range:

Available from 7’0” – 8’6”

Here are videos of the McTavish Carver:

And here are pictures we found on Instagram:

Ever tried surfing a McTavish Carver? How did it go?

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